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Activist in Residence at 91视频Bali

The Cousteau family legacy of environmental conservation began with Alexandra鈥檚 grandfather Jacques-Yves Cousteau-a former naval officer, explorer, filmmaker and photographer of the sea and all forms of life under water. Through his work, Jacques Yves Cousteau sought to capture the abundance of the oceans he traversed. However, it was not until Alexandra鈥檚 father, Philippe-Pierre Cousteau, came of age and introduced the conservation ethics into Jacques-Yves鈥 works, as the decline of ocean abundance became prominent.

鈥業t was my father鈥檚 role in this conservational journey to become the voice of reason, the voice of developing the conservation ethic that he could carry forward. And that was the beginning of the Cousteau society.鈥

Growing up, Alexandra Cousteau鈥檚 grandfather and father were significant figures in her life. Alexandra learnt to swim before she could walk and scuba diving at the age of seven, which opened her eyes to the world under water. It instilled in her the same love for the ocean that had driven her father and grandfather before her and inspired her to become an environmental activist and filmmaker. But her life changed when she had her first child and she worried about the kind of world her children would inherit.

She visited 91视频Bali in 2020, as an Activist in Residence, along with her kids who studied here. This was a heartening experience for her, to see students with such a deep sense of connection and compassion for nature and the environment around them.

鈥楬aving had the chance to be here and experience the 91视频community, seeing the changes it has made in our children, I know my husband and I are just filled with gratitude for the opportunity to be here.鈥

Alexandra鈥檚 own childhood experiences of growing alongside nature mean that she has a special appreciation for Green School鈥檚 philosophy of education. Reflecting on the importance of raising children to become future change-makers, Alexandra says that early intervention in children鈥檚 life is crucial as it gives them a sense of possibility at a young age. Through the 91视频way of learning, students are not limited to the wall-less bamboo classrooms, but further their knowledge by exploring the physical world outside of their perimeters. As Alexandra鈥檚 husband puts it

鈥榃e are not going to change people with words, we are going to change them with experiences.鈥 鈥 Fritz Neumeyer

But Alexandra says her experiences have taught her that conserving and sustaining what we have is not good enough anymore. As a global community, we have to articulate a different future and create a pathway to get to a place where our actions and values are aligned.

鈥楢t least here in 91视频we are trying to architect a new way of living.鈥

In encouraging students to think about global issues, 91视频Bali also strives to drive an education revolution, seeking to redefine what a school is and does as a driver of change.

鈥業 think that this generation today has both a huge responsibility and a huge amount of luck. Theirs is the last generation to have the opportunity to do what needs to be done in the next 10 years and to turn this ship around. We have 10 years 鈥 this is both good news and bad news. But it is there, and it鈥檚 an opportunity. We have more tools, more technology, more ability, and more conviction than ever before to get it done and it seems to be growing exponentially every year. I do believe it can happen, and together we can make it happen.鈥

Alexandra recently established Oceans2050 a foundation with the mission of mobilizing a global alliance to restore the abundance of our oceans by 2050, during the span of one human generation. She says,

鈥榃hat鈥檚 really important to remember is that oceans can be restored extraordinarily quickly, much faster than land. It鈥檚 an incredibly productive, rich environment.鈥

Oceans2050 will soon be kicking-off a regeneration movement, bringing people together to take real action and revive the oceans. Alexandra is committed to building on the Cousteau legacy and expanding the impact of her foundation.

鈥業f I were lucky enough to die in my bed, surrounded by the people I love, I think that world would be one where our children are able to know the world that my grandfather first explored. And I will work until I鈥檓 100, to make it happen.鈥